Renault seems to be the best of the rest once again, after Carlos Sainz ended FP2 in 6th earlier today in Singapore. Nico Hulkenberg closed the session in P10, almost two seconds down from Raikkonen leading the way.
The German appears satisfied with today's performance, but prefers remaining cautious over the way the car will react to the conditions here, as Friday is always a little, unreliable sample of the following two days.
"I think my pace was OK, not bad, not amazing. The midfield is quite tight again, especially on low fuel. On the long runs I felt reasonably comfortable and confident. Tyre degradation seems pretty high but that depends on the way you push the tyres. It is difficult to read into it too much. Friday does not really count anyways, we still have some stuff to do on the car but it was not a bad Friday for sure. Overtaking is going to be very hard here, but on the other hand if you are not in the top 10 you can set your strategy differently."
The heat and the high humidity in Singapore make everything more complicated and challenging, but Nico Hulkenberg embraces it all and feels excited about the challenge he is going to face on Sunday.
"It is very intense, it is the most demanding and physical race but we prepare for this. It’s fun. Hopefully we can put both cars into the top 10. But qualifying is not so important, Sunday is more important. Singapore can always be a crazy race, also with the Safety Car. We want to be on the right spot for Sunday afternoon."
"Track evolution was massive from this morning, a little less from this afternoon. -he added- Track is fast, that is also because they changed at Turn 16 and the corner seems a bit more open, flowy and consequently faster."